Roger Ballen "I Fink U Freeky" @ Mouche Gallery, LAJuxtapoz // Thursday, 25 Apr 2013
From the Gallery: Keiko Noah Maestro at Mouche Gallery along with Michael Florian, creative director of Mouche Gallery, invite you to get sucked into the vortex of the award winning viral video sensation “I Fink U Freeky” world of Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord at Mouche Gallery. Installation opens on April 26, 2013 during the Paris Photo LA 2013. The primitive, provocative paintings and drawings at the core of the composition of these exquisite photographs pose center stage and take on a life of their own at this installation at Mouche Gallery.
MASTERS OF REALITY - “If someone punches you in the face fokken hard, it makes you stop thinking about everything except, ‘What the fok just happened?’” – ¥o-landi (Die Antwoord) “Suddenly we stopped liking all the music and art we had made up till this point and decided to throw it all away. This new dark comic book world was the fokken answer! We wanted to move into this world and leave our old reality behind. This new world was so alien but also so strangely familiar. So mysterious comforting and exciting.“ – A letter from Die Antwoord, to Roger Ballen.
Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. Over the past thirty years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. Ballen has long approached unexpected realities with an unflinching and empathetic style, using dark imagery and taking a psychological approach to his craft. Ballen considers black and white photography as a minimalist art form, which provides an abstract way to interpret and transform what one may refer to as reality or disturbing psychodramas.
Roger BALLEN’s photographs have been shown in, and collected by some of the most prestigious institutions including the Tate, Smithsonian, Centre Georges Pompidou, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.